I had a prolimit seat harness years ago that was a simple wrap around harness. Light, no fuss and still looked new when i stopped using it after 8 years because my arse had been working out on the donuts. Loved that harness.
so i got another harness that i lost at some point.
then i bought a dakine. Thing fell apart on me and i never really liked it because it had so much material and stuff that seemed to do nothing for the function of the design and just got in the way on the water. seems prolimit followed that same path with the dakine looking harness.
so i needed a new harness because the dakine had fallen apart after "not a lot of use".
i dropped into surf fx on the goldy and stood in front of the floor to ceiling harness shrine looking dazed and confused.
they had the usual suspects, dakine, pro limit etc.
young dude came over. Told me he was a kiter but would help me. I explained my love affair with my old prolimit, how it was light and functional, had medium low hook and suited me in the surf and on flat water. I then told him I'd never buy another dakine.
he handed me an ion pace. As soon as it was in my hand i knew this was it. Meanwhile, guy no2 i spoke with on the phone the day before came over, introduced himself an shook my hand.
eventually john came over and said hello as well. That led to a conversation about windsurfers. Finbox setup and design....i love this shop.
anyways, i used the harness today and it is the best harness I've used. the guys were bang on the mark. It has the light minimalist free moving feel with a low mid hook but has these insane quick release clips on all straps that at this stage make this harness feel slick!
plus as was pointed out to me it has a flap on the back for farts. I think it will work better for sharts....
I'd second that iON windsurf harnesses are pretty good.
I bought an iOn Ruler waist harness last season while on a trip to WA when my old harness tore in half. This was the only one I could get hold off in the size I needed. It ended up being a pretty good buy. Very comfortable harness and nice quick release.
If I'd have to find any faults I'd say it's a bit bulky compared to other brands.
Hi Justin, I did a quick review on the Ion Pace I got from WSnS here in Sydney awhile back. I was in the same boat as you. Had a Gaastra seat for years and loved it but after 8 years it had been repaired so much wasnt much left of the original. The Pace is a sweet harness, love it.
I dug up your review ka43,
I agree completely with you. i didn't feel like i was wearing harness.
how's your harness now a few months down the track. please give me good news.
Still love it and its still moulding to me
Seriously, feels very comfortable. Was concerned the hook height wouldn't be as low as the Gaastra Hyper but with a wide spreader bar it feels very locked and "sitting" in it really gets the power of the rig down.
One thing I did do was get the settings right with the straps and cut heaps off them (so long) and then feed them back through the stainless half hoops and voila, clean as.
makes sense with the straps. may follow your lead there.
Have you got a link to the review - went searching and got lost in the kite forums
Hope this helps Jeff
I have the ION PAce as well, and couldn't agree more. Minimalist, comfy and light as.
I also have an Ion Wasity (forget the line name) for wavesailing. Both high quality and comfy products
Hook up Larko? YOU ARE A FREAK MAN!!!!!!!